Honey White Bread

I love bread! Especially homemade bread... it doesn't get much better than the smell of the fresh stuff right out of the oven! The one thing I don't like however, is how long it takes to rise. I want to be able to make it and eat it! But sadly that isn't the case. I don't make it very often- this was about my third time.... It's always worth the waiting!

Honey White Bread
{Ina Garten's recipe!}
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 packages dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups warm whole milk (110 degrees)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 extra-large egg yolks
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If the bowl is cold, be sure the water temperature doesn't drop below 110 degrees F. Add the yeast and sugar; stir and allow them to dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, and honey. Mix on medium speed until blended. Add the egg yolks, 3 cups of the flour, and the salt. Mix on low speed for about 5 minutes. With the mixer still on low speed, add 2 more cups of flour. Raise the speed to medium and slowly add just enough of the remaining flour so the dough doesn't stick to the bowl. Add the flour slowly; you can always add more but you can't take it out. Knead on medium speed for about 8 minutes, adding flour as necessary.

Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for a minute, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Grease a bowl with butter, put the dough in the bowl, then turn it over so the top is lightly buttered. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow it to rise for one hour, until doubled in volume.

Grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans with butter. Divide the dough in half, roll each half into a loaf shape and place each in a prepared pan. Cover again with the damp towel, and allow to rise again for an hour, until doubled in volume.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. When the dough is ready, brush the tops with the egg white and bake the breads for 40 to 45 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped. Turn them out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

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Have a great rest of the weekend! 

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  1. I remember the episode where she made this and it looked so good. I think I have to try this now!

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  2. New follower from the blog hop. This looks yummy!

  3. I love barefoot contessa, definetly going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower from the blog hop. Have a great day!

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  5. This looks delicious, I am already signed up for the Trading Blogs Party. It does sound like a lot of fun cannot wait to see how it is going to turn out. Have a great day.

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  8. I like honey and I love bread. thank you

  9. mmmmm, nothing like homemade bread cooking in the oven :)Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    Can't wait to see what you link up next week.

    Have a great week,

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